People invited to have their say on proposals to improve Hinckley and Bosworth health services

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People are being given the opportunity to have their say on proposed improvements to community health services in Hinckley and Bosworth.

The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Integrated Care Board (LLR ICB) has developed proposals for the Hinckley and District Hospital site which would increase the range of services available for the local community.

The LLR ICB has received national government funding of approximately £14.5 million to build a new Community Diagnostic Centre on the Hinckley and District Hospital (Mount Road) site. This would provide a one-stop-shop for health checks, scans and tests, allowing people who have an illness or other problem, to be diagnosed closer to home without the need to travel to a large hospital further away. It will also provide two rooms for carrying out endoscopy examinations, replacing the existing single endoscopy room, which is old and requires updating.

Depending on the successful outcome of a business case a further £7.35 million would be allocated by NHS England for a Day Case Unit, providing planned surgical procedures in hospital for patients who would then be able to return home on the same day. The Day Case Unit would continue to offer the services that are currently available at Hinckley and District Hospital together with additional procedures. Services provided would include general surgery, gynaecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, pain management, plastic surgery, podiatric surgery, urology and vascular surgery.

The proposals also include moving the physiotherapy facilities currently provided from a portacabin on the Mount Road site into the Hinckley Hub on Rugby Road and carrying out improvements to the interior of Hinckley Health Centre.

Helen Mather, Associate Director of Elective Care, Cancer and Diagnostics at the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Integrated Care Board, said: “It has been our ambition for some time to make improvements to the community health services in Hinckley and to provide a Day Case Unit. It has also long been recognised that conditions at the hospital, which was built in 1899, are difficult for both patients and staff, with a need for more modern facilities.

“Additionally, with the recent government investment in new Community Diagnostic Centres, we now have a fantastic opportunity to provide more services closer to patients’ homes, in modern, fit for purpose buildings that meet the needs of a growing and ageing population.”

The ICB is considering a number of options for how the Day Case Unit is developed; these include building the new standalone unit, making changes to part of the existing hospital to accommodate the unit, or making the unit part of the new Community Diagnostic Centre.

Helen Mather added: “It is really important that people have the opportunity to look at our proposals, ask questions and tell us their views and I really encourage people who use or may use services in Hinckley to get involved. We will be holding public events, both face-to-face and online and there is a questionnaire that people can complete. We look forward to hearing people’s views on this exciting development.”

People have until 8 March 2023 to share their views and full details are available online at www.HaveYourSayHinckley.co.uk

Alternatively, people can:

  • Come along to one of our public events or workshops – full details available on our website at https://leicesterleicestershireandrutland.icb.nhs.uk/be-involved
  • Complete our questionnaire online at llricb-llr.beinvolved@nhs.net
  • Fill in and return a questionnaire available at community venues located across Hinckley and Bosworth
  • Email us your views at llricb-llr.beinvolved@nhs.net  
  • Telephone us on 0116 295 7572 to request a questionnaire
  • Writing to us at: 

Engagement, NHS Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Integrated Care Board, Room G30, Pen Lloyd Building, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8TB

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  1. the comunity diagnostics center will be a welcome by everyone in hinckley and the surrounding area , this new unit with mri and ct scanners will aid the doctors in the local area to make a first time referal to the correct specialist aiding a quick diagnoses and not being sent to mutipl units giving the patient a much better chance of a quick recovery , this will reduce costs to the nhs and free up specialists to see other people , also when they are refered the specialist will have the scan to look at before seeing the patient and also plan any treatment they may need if the problem is serious leading to a vastly increased chance of making a full recovery , also the scans being done here will free up time at the other hospitals at the scan units , patients that need a follow up scan can hhave it done here at hinckley letting the specialist review the results and call the patient with the results all in all it will be a great boost to getting treatment done earlier saving people having to travel to leicester

    1. Thank you for your comments. Your feedback is valuable and will be included when analysing the 6-week period of engagement.
      We appreciate you taking the time to get in touch and share your views on the proposals.

  2. Long overdue. This will free up city hospitals and speed up diagnoses.
    Hinckley is growing by the day with new houses being built.
    Am so glad this is happening and hope its not too long a wait.

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